Kung Fu Panda: Legendary Warriors Review
Wii | DS
Kung Fu Panda: Legendary Warriors box art
System: Wii, DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: Activision 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: A2M 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Nov. 4, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

However, the absolute worst addition to this Kung Fu adventure is a mini-game that tasks you with…more waggle; not just waggle of the Wii-mote, though, but both controllers. Legendary Warriors will throw this mini-game at you several times during story mode, and though it’s associated differently depending on the context of the story, the execution is always the same. This isn’t casual waggle, either. Every time you play through this thing, you’ll be required to waggle like a maniac in order to successfully fill a meter located at the bottom of the screen, and all too often you will fail and have to do it all again.

Kung Fu Panda: Legendary Warriors screenshot

The game’s presentation, however, is a joy to experience. Visually, though the level of detail is only slightly better than PS2 quality, everything has been given a loving polish. Character models are attractive and animate smoothly, backgrounds are colorful and varied, and the framerate remains steady. The hand-drawn artwork, though only animated slightly, is beautifully rendered and incorporated with great care.

The audio, too, is topnotch, and Jack Black’s performances are funny and entertaining. The music is fitting and varied, and the sound effects and voice work complement the gameplay nicely, though voice tracks are often slightly out of sync with character animations. Overall, the game really shines with its production.

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And that’s the real shame here. Legendary Warriors has a lot going for it, even in the gameplay department. Characters move gracefully, most of the controls work surprisingly well, and though levels are pretty much the same thing throughout, the potential for mindless fun is evident. But the level of waggle required here goes beyond mindless into the realm of painful, and it’s something most players will likely find offensive after just a few minutes of play. The multiplayer allows you and up to three other players (locally) to waggle each other to death in unlocked stages using a variety of characters from the movie, but if you didn’t enjoy the single-player experience, chances are the multiplayer won’t offer incentive to stick with Legendary Warriors.

By Tony Capri
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.4
Graphics
It’s a lovely presentation, both in-game and during the animated cutscenes.
2.4
Control
Movement, jumping, dodging – all that stuff works flawlessly – but mapping the attacks to waggle gesturing brings down the house.
4.3
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music is fitting and comes across nicely in stereo. Sound effects are funny and entertaining. The voice work is inspired, though often out of sync with the movement of the characters’ mouths.
2.6

Play Value
The story mode can be completed in about two hours. Multiplayer is available, but will you care? It’s difficult, however, to dismiss the game’s polished presentation.

2.6
Overall Rating - Average
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Team up with friends to work together through co-op Story Mode, or compete head-to-head in the Versus Mode.
  • Unleash powerful Kung Fu Chi Attacks using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk.
  • Play mini-games that test your speed and skill.


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